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Handgun restrictions and your child care business
Recently the Ohio legislature passed laws allowing those individuals with a license to carry concealed weapons into child care businesses, on college campuses and in public areas of airports. The law is set to go into effect in March 2017. 

The law allows child care businesses a simple way to continue to restrict firearms. To do this, operators of centers or Type A or Type B family child care homes are required to post a sign that says: "Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person's control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto these premises."

Click here to view a downloadable sign that can be printed and posted on the doors of your business. Wording on signs differ from state to state so it's important to post only the Ohio sign pictured and linked to above.

While a posted sign can restrict concealed weapons from being carried into your child care business, please note that the new law also states that you can't prohibit properly licensed employees from keeping a handgun in their vehicle in a company parking lot (even on private property) if the weapon is either on the employee's body or in a locked compartment.

If you need further information, contact the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

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